Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A review

Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A: Specifications:

Screen size: 28 inch
Solution: 3840×2160
Refresh rate: 144 Hz
Inputs: DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-A, USB-B, 3.5mm audio
Dimensions: 25.2 x 21.3 x 8.4 in

If I were to buy a gaming monitor tomorrow, it would probably be the Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A. After testing quite a few displays over the past few weeks, I couldn’t help but notice that almost everyone had a significant downside. Whether it was a clunky design, a dull color palette, or an outdated array of ports, nearly every device I analyzed had a critical flaw that threatened to compromise the experience.

By contrast, the $800 VG28UQL1A is nearly flawless. It has a beautiful display with vibrant colors; it has an elegant design with easy installation; it has smart functionality for both powerful PCs and current generation consoles. While the HDR could be a little bit more accurate and the menus a little more intuitive, the VG28UQL1A is simply one of the best gaming monitors we’ve been testing it for a while. Read our Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A review for more.

Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A review: Design

With its minimalist base and thick stand, the Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A looks like a gaming monitor. It doesn’t look like an uncomfortably over-designed gaming monitor, however, favoring simple angles and only a few geometric flourishes. The screen is 28 inches wide, with minimal bezels on the sides and top, and a slightly larger bezel with the Asus logo on the bottom. In a gaming corner, the device should look good. But the VG28UQL1A would also look great in a professional or creative environment, especially since it’s powerful enough to handle all kinds of graphic design work.

Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A Monitor on Desk

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A particularly useful feature of the VG28UQL1A is that you can orient the screen vertically. That’s a boon for productivity users, but it’s easy enough to go back to when you’re ready to game. You can tilt the screen back and forth 25 degrees, rotate it back and forth 30 degrees, or move it up and down about two inches. However you play, the VG28UQL1A should have a setup for you.

Back view of Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A monitor

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As for ports, the VG28UQL1A has most of what you need, but not absolutely everything. It has two HDMI 2.1 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort, which should be enough to connect many consoles and at least one serious PC. In terms of routing, you can also plug in a USB-B cable and access two USB-A ports and a 3.5mm audio jack. My only complaint here is that the ports are quite out of the way, so it’s probably not worth it for peripherals that you may need to unplug often.

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